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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
30. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 18:35 Beamer
 
I haven't seen an single person "demand" they kick him out.

But it's really nice that some jackass is defending the right to tell people you're going to rape them without being kicked out of Starcraft games.

This guy has the most insane, juvenile, privileged, and dumb priorities.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
23. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 17:14 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 17:11:
Beamer wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 16:15:
kind of like grapefruit and peanut butter.

You say that like it's a bad thing.


I almost went steak and peanut butter, but I've had that (sort of) and it wasn't half bad (also sort of.)
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
20. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 17:02 Beamer
 
And I apologize, I know it's over the line, it's just amazing to me that someone is using "principled stand," "speech police," and making slippery slope and misguided freedom of speech arguments over a Starcraft tournament kicking a guy out for sending a Tweet to a female competitor that he was going to rape her.

This is what our society is now - men desperately afraid that their "right" to tell women they're going to rape them without fear of being kicked out of a video game tournament will disappear.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
19. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 16:56 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 16:40:
Maybe I would, and maybe I wouldn't. Maybe I'd take a principled stand.

Principled stand?
Jesus. Jesus. Seriously. A principled stand against someone threatening to rape. This isn't someone being asked to sit in the back of the bus, this is someone making a rape comment.

If you ran a business, would you pull down posters celebrating feminism or decrying sexism if some of your customers said they felt uncomfortable?

So promoting equality is the same as threatening to rape.
Principled stand, dude.

Maybe you should look it up, since you apparently are unaware of what a fallacy is.

Uh... que?
If 'X is going to destroy you' in the context of an FPS game makes you shudder and cry, I'm likely going to tell you to relax.

That is NOT what it said. Now you're making nice strawmen. Yet somehow I'm the one that doesn't know what a fallacy is.

Do you remember the part where I said that just because I disagree doesn't mean I'd force them to change?

I never said you were forcing them to change, I said you didn't like what they did. You dislike it. No one is asking this guy to not play Starcraft, they're telling him he can't in their tournament. No one is asking you to leave BluesNews, they're putting you on ignore.

Like I said, Beamer - you seem to have a problem telling the difference between 'I disagree' and 'I want to force you to change'.

Sounds like Gamergate.


Yes, it is speech policing. It doesn't magically become something else just because you like the instance of it. Some speech policing is good. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's grey area.

Wait, didn't you say you're against speech policing? But sometimes it's good?

Keep on truckin', True Believer.

I don't even understand what pronoun "True Believer" is supposed to mean, but fuck, it's coming from a guy that says he wants to take a "principled stand" to defend some guy's right to stay in a Starcraft tournament despite telling a female competitor he was going to rape her.
Your own words, "principled stand" sounds like some kind of "True Believer" bullshit.

It's nice, though, that I know I can call you a complete moron without you hitting that "report" button, because that would be speech policing.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
14. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 16:15 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 15:12:

See, I don't see my dislike or disapproval of something as a mandate in and of itself to force others to change how they behave. Outrageous, yes?

But I'm sure you'd have no problem not associating yourself with people, or if you ran a business, asking people to leave if they said things that made you or your patrons uncomfortable.

There is always a concern about the intellectual balance between freely sharing one's thoughts, and freely having various thoughts, and having a reasonably restrictive code of conduct. There's likewise a balance to be struck between 'Your speech should adhere to these certain standards' and 'You should accept speech you find distasteful'.

Because "I'm going to rape you" is an intellectual thought.
Jesus. Look up "slippery slope fallacy." Christ.

I find value in freedom of such actions, often even if I disagree with them. Perhaps this is alien to you.

The tournament had the freedom to kick him out.
Apparently you dislike that freedom.


It isn't speech policing. Jesus. You're so concerned with someone telling you what you can or can't do that you never stop to wonder why some people don't like things.

You're so wrapped up in yourself it's amazing.
"It's my freedom to say whatever I want without repercussions due to intellectual exchange of ideas!"

Sorry, buddy. You and "intellectual" don't really go well together, kind of like grapefruit and peanut butter.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
10. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 14:07 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:54:
It was a shitty thing for him to say, but I get leery about any punishments over speech. Did anyone seriously take this as a rape threat? Would 'destroy' have been better?

What if it was a guy? Different result? Different feeling?

Why are you leery about punishments over speech? It was a private tournament. And speech isn't a compulsion, it's an action you choose to make. He could have chosen to have said anything else, or nothing at all.

When Blue bans Space Captain, are you leery of that? What about when we used to get spambots on the site, were you leery of their speech about how to make your p3n1s larger while earning an Audi working from home resulting in them being banned?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
4. Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 24, 2014, 12:54 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:11:
You can just as well say that every business wants a big government and socialism, because then they can be the recipients of government payments and the industry, my friends, that was a revolution

I feel like there's a Billy Madison clip that could be posted here.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
26. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 24, 2014, 11:31 Beamer
 
The two funniest moments I've had in FC4 so far:

1) Not funny, but amusing - watched a rhino take out some bad guys. Stopped laughing as it turned and charged uphill at me. I started running backwards while unloading into its face with the heavy machine gun, killing it about a foot from me and having its corpse slide on the momentum right into me, pushing me backwards, like a movie cliche

2) Saw my first tiger, and promptly hit it with my car, throwing it off a cliff. Sadly, it was in one of the hatchbacks that spin like crazy, so my attempt to get back on the road went awry and I went over the cliff, too. As I crawl out of my now upside-down flaming wreckage of a car, I find myself nose to nose with the now extra pissed off tiger I'd just pushed down that same hill. Oops


What saddens me a bit is I feel I've already locked in on the weapon combo I am unlikely to change (I probably used the same combo in FC3.) I have a very accurate semi-automatic silenced smg (seriously, I can do red-dot or laser sight, what's the difference?), I have a machine gun for when I screw up the stealth with the primary weapon and just need to kill things fast while running around like a maniac shooting from the hip hoping to find some cover to either bandage myself or reload the damn hmg or both, I have the Robocop side arm and I have a sniper rifle I haven't really used because it isn't silenced.
Shotguns are fun, but not as useful as anything I'm carrying. Same with grenade launchers, RPGs, and bow-and-arrows. And flare guns. And how come I don't have the harpoon yet?
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
25. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 24, 2014, 11:19 Beamer
 
siapnar wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 23:53:
jimnms wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 22:43:
those bird things were annoying as shit. I was minding my own business scouting an outpost thing to try and take out silently when I hear something behind me. I turn around and it's some of those bird things charging at me. They nearly killed me and blew my stealth. After that I went out of my way to run over or kill every one I saw.
In this one you've got eagles that come out of nowhere and sink their talons into your face.
While playing on my buddy's system for maybe an hour there were 4 bird attacks and 2 snake attacks... along with a rhino, leopards, a bear, wolves, etc

Was a tad excessive.

Game sure is fun, though.

It's absolutely FC3.5, but I'm loving it. Everything is improved, outside of those eagles which aren't much fun. That fauxhawk guy on Forbes had a good point - Ubi can probably only get away with making the same game once, but like that guy and his hair, I don't much care at the moment - it's a blast.

The animals are definitely more lively this time. In the first, I rarely saw two animal types together. Here? I've at times been overwhelmed with the amount of animals around. And the damn eagle - leave me alone, I'm hunting monkeys for a wallet.

The game also has more random events, which I first remember seeing in RDR (but may have come from one of the GTAs and I just don't remember.) Some of these are annoying, as you're in the middle of a mission buzzing by on a gyrocopter (they gyrocopter!) and suddenly someone is yelling to save them from a crazy murderous honey badger (ok, that line makes it somewhat worthwhile.) Too often I'm too busy and moving too quickly to intervene.

Killing in this game still just feels fun. I like sneaking through an outpost and trying to take it out undetected or at least with no alarms. I like that I once did that riding an elephant with a heavy machine gun in one hand, then redefended the outpost with a mortar. I even don't mind that I spent "Ubi points" or whatever to unlock the Robocop gun.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective
96. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 23, 2014, 02:27 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 00:39:
PS4 controller is fine for FPS games, at least as fine as consoles get for playing FPS games and 14 million people found a reason to buy one for $400 so far.

This is arguably the best time so far to get a next gen console, lots of third party and first party stuff available, bundles are well priced and black friday is coming up. Last gen ports are getting second citizen treatment now too.

PS4 controller is garbage for most games, in my opinion, and tens of millions of people found a reason to watch Justin Bieber videos on YouTube, so I don't see what that has to do with anything.

This is arguably a fine time to buy an XBone, as it's unlikely to get any lower than it will be on Black Friday next Black Friday, given that it will already be $70 off plus a pack-in game, but the PS4 will absolutely be cheaper this time next year, so if nothing worthwhile is coming out for it between now and then, why bother?
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective
94. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 22, 2014, 20:45 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Nov 22, 2014, 20:38:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 10:55:
This comes on 3 discs and took about 45 minutes to install yesterday. My SSD is only 128GB, and this was 28GB, so I had to free up some space for it.

The sound was kind of in and out in the menu, which was odd, but worked great in the intro cut scene. The intro cut scene moves immediately to a scene at a table. No sound. No way to pause the cutscene to get to options to play and see why there's no sound. No way to skip the cutscene.

When I got control I played with the sound options but couldn't get it back. Played for about 10 minutes, very quick to turn off the motion blue because seeing everything be crystal clear when you're standing still then get water-colorish when you turn 5 degrees just seems sloppy to me.

Sound never came back.



Should have bought for the 360...

why 360 when you can at least get it for next-gen consoles? (PS4)

Because the PS4 controller still sucks for FPS relative to the Xbox controllers, and because there's still no good reason to pay $400 for a PS4.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Nov 21, 2014, 11:31 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 11:28:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 10:56:
"You have to have thicker skin!" says a few thousand gamers who went on a three month long bender over an op-ed piece they think insulted them.

Because having thought police as law is always a damn fine idea, right?

Aren't you telling people what to think, too? Aren't you out there "white-knighting" developers as if they can't think for themselves and make their own choices on which criticism matters to them?

Are we really at the point in society where we think any criticism is an attack and any criticism must be shut-down immediately because it's "thought police," even though the people using that terminology are the ones screaming about what people are and are not allowed to think?

And isn't it funny that people claiming it's about ethics in journalism tried to get ad money pulled by a publisher over a negative review when part of the biggest issue in games journalism is good reviews in exchange for continued ad money?


No, forget all this, I'm done engaging. Don't respond. I won't read it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 21, 2014, 11:01 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 10:59:
Donating money directly to a website is not the same as paying not to see ads. I used to subscribe to RPS back when I read them. If Blues had a subscription I would sign up in a heartbeat as well.

You indirectly bring up an interesting point - what happens when a subscriber is banned? Who will be the first to start sending endless angry emails saying he'll sue for the $1/month he paid for 8 months? Who will be the first weirdo Canadian that endlessly mocks the US to think he has a right to be here?
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 21, 2014, 10:56 Beamer
 
"You have to have thicker skin!" says a few thousand gamers who went on a three month long bender over an op-ed piece they think insulted them.  
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective
92. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 21, 2014, 10:55 Beamer
 
This comes on 3 discs and took about 45 minutes to install yesterday. My SSD is only 128GB, and this was 28GB, so I had to free up some space for it.

The sound was kind of in and out in the menu, which was odd, but worked great in the intro cut scene. The intro cut scene moves immediately to a scene at a table. No sound. No way to pause the cutscene to get to options to play and see why there's no sound. No way to skip the cutscene.

When I got control I played with the sound options but couldn't get it back. Played for about 10 minutes, very quick to turn off the motion blue because seeing everything be crystal clear when you're standing still then get water-colorish when you turn 5 degrees just seems sloppy to me.

Sound never came back.



Should have bought for the 360...
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective
89. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 20, 2014, 21:14 Beamer
 
Acleacius wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 20:47:
Beamer wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 10:03:
Acleacius wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 07:58:
The only bullshit seems to be your facts. There is intent by publishers to demonize PC gamers. If you want to call every manufactured psychosis, conspiracies fine by me.

You seem to have such respect for saintly corporations and their great deeds for humanity. Giant corporate publishers, love you too and would never take advantage of you, cause your special. Hahaha_no

Jesus, the persecution complex. If they wanted to demonize you they wouldn't fucking port their games.
In Beamers world, of course there are no publishers who don't port to PC or make shitty ports. Also, apparently Jesus isn't going to help you understand. Mwahaha

Making a shitty port isn't demonizing.
Not porting isn't demonizing.

Demonizing is a pretty huge word. Hint: corporations are profit motivated. If they can make a good return, they will do something. They don't sit around in a back rooms smoking cigars going "PC gamers smell funny and are mean to their moms, we can't possibly sell to them!"

"Demonize" is persecution. Whining about being demonized when no one is demonizing you is a persecution complex.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
118. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy Nov 20, 2014, 16:59 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 16:57:
Beamer wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 16:47:
But there's a pricing difference between a truck with and without offroad capability.

Right, and if FD is refunding even half to people that requested it for removing that feature, a feature that ensure 24/7 availability of the product, we're not having this conversation. They promised a game with both online and offline play, and they removed offline play. They have a market cap of 91M, and isn't paying several grand in refunds, even partial refunds, not only the right thing to do, but also the legal thing to do?

Someone, probably Cutter, tried to bring a class action lawsuit against Rockstar over GTA5. Why? Because it took a few weeks for multiplayer to launch. They argued they bought the game solely for multiplayer, the back of the box said it had multiplayer, and that was a lie.

The case went nowhere. Nowhere at all. No legal arguments made. The judge basically laughed at them. It took a while for the multiplayer to arrive, and while waiting all they had was a huge open world game to play. They couldn't play multiplayer when they wanted, but the multiplayer was on its way.

I wonder what would have happened if R* had canceled multiplayer instead of delaying it?

No, I agree, like I said this is academic. The minimum you should expect from a company is what they're legally required to do. The minimum. These guys should be exceeding that.

If Rockstar had canceled the multiplayer? Probably not much. Again, it would probably come down to the difference in price between a game with and without multiplayer. Titanfall, Skyrim and CoD all cost the same, despite one being just multi, one being just single, and one being both.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
114. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy Nov 20, 2014, 16:47 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 16:18:
Beamer wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 14:30:
claiming they will.)

What happened here?
They promised a giant space game.
One bullet point was offline single player play.
They delivered a giant space game with online single player play.

So what? I don't ask that emotionally, as I fully get why people want refunds. I ask that legally. So what?
You can still play your space sim, which is the key part of the contract.
You can still play it single player.
You just can't play it offline.
This doesn't seem material, as what you really backed was a giant space sim.
And there just aren't damages. You can't quantify it. Every single person downloading it will be able to play it. Some, such as yourself, will just have outages, but how do you quantify outages as damages? It's an inconvenience, not a total block. It's a hassle. And, for a game many will play for hundreds of hours, not being able to play for some hours is hardly anything. If you take the $50, divide it across total hours played to get a dollars per hour cost, then apply that back to hours you couldn't play it's, what, $5 maybe?

I think it's more complex than that? If I can show that I bought the game expecting to have access to it 24/7, then the developer cancels the feature that limits my availability by 50%, and I can show that, isn't that material loss? If I hire someone to build me a truck with promised offroad capability, and one month before delivery he says "Oh, I decided to remove the offroad ability" and 50% of my driving is off-road, isn't that a material loss?

But there's a pricing difference between a truck with and without offroad capability.

Someone, probably Cutter, tried to bring a class action lawsuit against Rockstar over GTA5. Why? Because it took a few weeks for multiplayer to launch. They argued they bought the game solely for multiplayer, the back of the box said it had multiplayer, and that was a lie.

The case went nowhere. Nowhere at all. No legal arguments made. The judge basically laughed at them. It took a while for the multiplayer to arrive, and while waiting all they had was a huge open world game to play. They couldn't play multiplayer when they wanted, but the multiplayer was on its way.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
112. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy Nov 20, 2014, 16:45 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 16:35:
Beamer wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 15:30:

Also, that pine vs oak chicken coop thing has actually happened. That type of breach of contract is a favorite of any Contracts 101 class. People are amazed when they find out courts don't care. You paid for a chicken coop you got a chicken coop - the wood doesn't make it any less of a chicken coop and therefore doesn't matter. At best you get the difference in cost of raw materials, assuming there is a difference.

On the other hand, if you paid for oak and got the much cheaper and rot-susceptible pine, you would probably have a case, no? The difference is a coop that lasts 5 years vs. one that will last 15.

Yup. Assuming there's a material difference between woods (I don't know wood differences.)

But I wouldn't really equate that to what's here. Again, the big issue is that a coop that lasts 15 years because it uses better wood likely costs more than one that lasts 5 years. At the very least, you can argue that you need to replace it 10 years sooner.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
89. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy Nov 20, 2014, 15:30 Beamer
 
The problem with a breach of warranty is that the options are either cure, meaning fixing the issue, or the difference. Here, though, what's the difference? A game with offline single player costs $50. A game without offline single player costs $50. There is no monetary difference between them, as that feature has no monetary value. It isn't like buying a truck listed as having all wheel drive and getting one without it, in which case the difference is very clear on the market.

Also, that pine vs oak chicken coop thing has actually happened. That type of breach of contract is a favorite of any Contracts 101 class. People are amazed when they find out courts don't care. You paid for a chicken coop you got a chicken coop - the wood doesn't make it any less of a chicken coop and therefore doesn't matter. At best you get the difference in cost of raw materials, assuming there is a difference.

In any case, this is purely academic. This will never go anywhere in a court room. But the standard you expect from a company for service isn't just "what they're legally obligated to do."
 
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